KENLY – A Johnston County man was seriously injured Monday morning in a two vehicle accident about one-tenth of a mile from his home. The wreck was reported at 5:09 AM on Highway 222 about three miles east of Kenly.
According to the Highway Patrol, Kevin Lee Morahan, 62, of Kenly was traveling eastbound on Highway 222 in his 2005 Chrysler passenger car when it ran under the side of tractor trailer which was pulling from a private drive onto Highway 222.
The car ran underneath the left side of the trailer causing the trailer to detach from the truck and overturn in the roadway. The Chrysler came to rest against two mailboxes partially off the roadway.
Morahan was seriously injured and transported to WakeMed.
The driver of the 2011 Freightliner, Samson Fabian Frett, 46, of Kenly was not injured. Frett was cited for failure to yield the right of way.
Troopers estimated Morahan was traveling at 55 miles per hour when his car struck the semi trailer. The semi was traveling at 5 miles per hour, and the trailer section was in the eastbound travel lanes when it was hit, according to a collision report. There were no skid marks or tire impressions on either vehicle prior to impact.
The accident closed Highway 222 East for several hours until the scene could be cleared.